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Label on a box of Reese's Pieces: "NET WT 4 OZ (1.36kg)" #metricfail  

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Roller Coasting for Charity:

So, my friend Ferrett's* friend Angie has a thing for roller coasters, and is participating in this weekend's "Coasting for Kids" charity fundraiser at Cedar Point.  This involves (attempting to) ride a couple of roller coasters for most of 9 hours in a row (with breaks for lunch, restroom visits, etc.) to raise money for "Give Kids the World".  Angie was looking for someone to ride with, and being the expert coaster-marathoner that I am (not!), I figured that would be a great way to spend a summer Sunday.

The price of admission is to raise at least $100 (no freeloaders on these coasters!); donations are being taken via, so I have a donations page set up at

Please help out if you can!

(and, if I exceed the $100 goal before noon this Friday, June 8, please help out Angie with her much more ambitious $2500 goal at )

* yes, that is spelled correctly

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A very impressive, yet very sad sight: the space shuttle Discovery being stripped for its eventual museum display. NASAs description is more polite, but I think "stripped" is appropriate--about halfway through the process, it looks like it was parked overnight and un-guarded in one of the seedier parts of Mos Eisley spaceport.

Click through to the NASA site for high-res (6MP) versions of the pix.

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"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

Ran "Sunset Boulevard" at the CWRU Film Society tonight. I have no idea how I've managed to go more than 20 years of serious film-watching without seeing it before now. Certainly seen enough references to it, though (the IMDB "Connections" page goes on for what seems like a thousand lines or so).

Man, they just don't make 'em like that any more.

Holy sh*t. Today I actually got home from work early enough to indulge in a little Luddite-style entertainment, namely old-fashioned broadcast TV. Jeopardy was on, I was microwaving dinner--and ABC broke in with a "Breaking News" segment. So in the first few seconds, I was wondering what blew up, or which politico had been assassinated, when the nice young man on the screen explained that Steve Jobs was dead.

Never mind changing the world or all of the mega-billions, Wall Street market-cap stuff--The Steve was more important than Alex Trebek. That's quite some legacy!

Oh, my! I had forgotten how spectacularly, breathtakingly cheesy the special effects in Logan's Run are. The close-up shot of a model railroad layout (sans railroad) is...well, I'm speechless.

And such quality dialog!

"You're beautiful. Let's have sex!"

They just don't make 'em like that any more...

Fortune cookie WTF:

"Attitude is more important than facts."

Not only is it not a fortune, it's very bad attempt at an aphorism.

My techno-luddite ways have bitten me a couple of times this week. I missed a friend's 50th birthday party because it was advertised heavily (almost exclusively?) on That Other Evil Social Networking Site, and today I came home from pillaging the corpse of the local Borders with a duplicate DVD (and a Blu-Ray of a DVD I already have...although I can justify that upgrade on the grounds that "Reservoir Dogs" really should be seen in HD to properly appreciate the violence and bloodshed).

Time to break down & get a copy of Library (did that app die recently, or is it still around?) or some general equivalent so I can carry my complete DVD/BR inventory around with me and avoid similarly embarrassing mistakes in the future.

On the brighter side, thanks to the iPhone, I did managed to find 10 discs that a) I wanted, and b) were substantially cheaper than Amazon's prices. It took quite a bit of work though, since most of the merch left at Borders was still more expensive than Amazon, even with 25 & 40% discounts.

Thanks, Steve!

OK, I've been a little out of touch with web development for the last decade or so...but thanks to Mr. Wozniak's clever Google+ name, I can test the Unicode/UTF-8 savviness of our local web sites by pasting in my own name upside down & backwards:

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